George C. James, Jr. (Buck) is a Resident Judge of the Third Judicial Circuit, comprising Sumter, Lee, Clarendon, and Williamsburg Counties. His chambers are located in Sumter. He was born on June 2, 1960 in Savannah, Georgia. He is the son of the late George C. James and of Ren F. James.
He grew up in Sumter and completed Wilson Hall School in 1978 and graduated cum laude from The Citadel in 1982, earning a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration. He earned his JD degree from the USC School of Law in 1985.
After graduating from law school, he began working in Sumter with the firm of Richardson, James & Player. He eventually made partner in that firm and practiced with his father, George James, Henry B. Richardson, Jr., and Thomas E. Player, Jr., and subsequently his brother, John E. James, III. In 2000, this firm merged with the firm of Lee, Erter, Wilson, Holler & Smith and became known as Lee, Erter, Wilson, James, Holler & Smith, LLC, and he was a partner in that firm until his election to the Circuit Court Bench. He was sworn in as a Resident Circuit Judge for the Third Judicial Circuit on July 1, 2006 and replaced the retiring Howard P. King.
He is a member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Sumter and served as a member of the Board of Trustees of Wilson Hall School from 1998 through June 30, 2006 and was a member of several other local boards. He has also been a Dixie Youth baseball coach and a YMCA youth basketball coach.
In addition to his membership in the South Carolina Bar and the Sumter County Bar Association, Judge James is a former member of the American Bar Association, The South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys Association, and the Defense Research Institute. He has been admitted to practice in all of the courts of this state and in the United States District Court for the District of South Carolina.
He was married in 1986 to the former Dena Owen. They have two children, George, age 15, a rising sophomore at Wilson Hall, and Alston, 14, a rising freshman at Wilson Hall.